WOSU News Staff

Carol Beal and her husband are some of the first back on reopened Ohio State Fair ride SkyGlider.
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Update 7 a.m. July 31

Amusements of America, the company that operates rides at the Ohio State Fair, says there's no evidence that last Wednesday's deadly ride malfunction was a case of operator error.

A Sunday statement from the company also cited a decision by the ride's manufacturer to call on operators around the world to shut down similar rides until they can determine what happened.

The decision to shut down similar rides around the world and reopen the Ohio midway indicates that this is an issue with a specific ride and not the ride operator or inspectors. There is no evidence that operator error played a role in the accident. We continue to keep those affected by this tragic accident in our prayers and work cooperatively with the ongoing investigation.

All fair rides except the Fire Ball were back up and running by Sunday morning.

Gov. John Kasich ordered all rides shut down last Wednesday, hours after one of the Fire Ball's gondolas broke apart, sending people careening into the air. Authorities say Tyler Jarrell, 18, died instantly upon impact with the ground.

Fair officials say attendance plummeted in the two days following the accident, then increased Saturday to a level slightly higher than the same day in 2016.

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A lawsuit alleges Columbus Police officers shot and mortally wounded a black man without justification and conspired to provide misleading information about the July 7 confrontation.

Former FBI Director James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. 

Esther Honig

For the last three years, students at Ohio State University have pushed their school to end a lease with fast food giant Wendy's. In May, university officials emailed a student group to tell them that, despite opposition, they had renewed the lease for another three years.

Esther Honig

After two straight seasons of top recruits transferring and a lack of postseason success, Ohio State University on Monday fired men's basketball coach Thad Matta.


A Columbus Police officer has been reassigned to nonepatrol duty indefinitely following investigations of an incident caught on camera. The cell phone video shows the officer kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head.

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Family and invited guests are gathering at Arlington National Cemetery to say their final goodbyes to fomer astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn.

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Columbus City Council votes Monday night on whether to accept the only bid to run the city’s recycling program. The vendor would stay the same and residents would still get free curbside recycling, but the city would pay a lot more.


A female student died Monday after falling from a parking garage outside the Ohio Union.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich is headed to Europe for a series of economic development and policy discussions with corporate CEOs and world leaders.

Rob Portman followed through on promises Tuesday in voting to confirm Betsy DeVos as the country’s next Secretary of Education. 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

The new year will bring online voter registration to Ohio's voters. 

Ohio's Secretary of State Jon Husted describes that new online voter registration, which launches on January 1, as convenient, secure and cost efficient. 

Water damage has caused significant damage to the Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard.
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The Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard closed on Saturday due to water damage from burst pipes, none of the animals housed at the facility were harmed.  


Columbus City Council increased the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21-year-old on Monday night. City leaders hope the new measure will lead to a healthier population.

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At least two people were arrested in downtown Columbus during an anti-Donald Trump protest that temporarily blocked traffic along parts of High Street.

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Police in Columbus can review body camera footage before they file reports or make statements under newly agreed upon rules.

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Columbus police say an annual anti-crime program remains effective, despite criticism from protesters following two fatal shootings by officers.

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Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night.

Steve Brown, WOSU News

A new Ohio law is being viewed as a national model for eliminating vacant nuisance properties.

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More than 100 demonstrators gathered at Columbus City Hall Monday afternoon to bring light to concerns they have about the police shooting of Tyre King. The black 13-year-old was shot and killed last week as police responded to an armed robbery.

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It isn't taking long for Democrats to turn from Philadelphia to Ohio.

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The Columbus school board has voted unanimously to ask voters to approve a levy request that would increase school property taxes on the average Columbus home by more than $300 a year.

The board on Thursday also received  a list of old schools that the superintendent wants deemed "surplus" and put up for sale.

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Columbus Police have released the identities of the officers involved in and victim of the ninth police involved shooting this year.


Nationwide Children's Hospital today announced an ambitious building plan that it says will transform its main campus in Columbus. 

John Raphael
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Disgraced Columbus lobbyist John Raphael was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to 15 months in prison  in U.S. District Court. Raphael pleaded guilty last year to extortion in the Reflex bribery scandal.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirms seven people died "in what appears to be execution-style killings" in Pike County. 

About a year and a half after the biggest steel foundry in the country said it planned to add about 500 jobs, all of the company's current jobs could be in jeopardy.  Business First reports a Columbus Castings spokesman says workers were informed earlier this week that they could soon be given layoff notices.

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John Kasich says it's more important to unite the country than to promote violence at political rallies. He was among the Republican presidential candidates taking a more conciliatory and polite tone in the latest GOP debate Thursday night in Florida.

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Columbus-based Jeni's Ice Cream says it has hired a food safety director. 

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Police have identified 30-year old Mohamed Barry as the man who they say randomly attacked people at a northeast Columbus restaurant with a machete.